The Thing That Made Me Smile Today

No one can be happy everyday but let me explain to you…The Thing That Made Me Smile Today….

When my daughter was five years old she cut the front of her hair down to the roots! I was horrified! For one thing I didn’t realize that the little child proof scissors she had could actually cut hair. And second how was I going to cover up all of the hair that was missing directly in the front of her head? Looking at my beautiful little girl, her big brown eyes so sadly showing her feeling of confusion and my feeling of disappointment and as tears began to stream down her face I couldn’t even imagine how her classmates were going to tease her.

I thought back to myself at five and the days that my dad had to do my hair.. I was so taunted for the Pippi Longstocking type pigtails that he so deliberately would place outwardly, east and west, as if I were a physical living breathing compass. I can laugh about it now, but my friends and I would routinely meet in the girl’s bathroom to fix my hair. I couldn’t have my daughter suffer this type of ridicule and although I knew her tears were out of fear of disappointing me, I couldn’t see pass my own hair calamity.

I eventually figured out a way to cover the bald spot. I developed a ponytail swoop that resembled that of a balding man’s comb over. You see my daughter had long thick course hair that would stay put so it was fairly easy to do. I chuckle now thinking back on it because I’m pretty sure I didn’t save her any embarrassment.

Well, today, my daughter is in an exceptionally good beauty school and will graduate in July! About four months ago she very beautifully cut my hair into a short blunt bob, (that is after many months of me relentlessly begging). I have totally loved it from day one! My hair feels so light and fluffy. This is the healthiest and best hair of my LIFE! I have been able to finally let go of my hair trauma all because of my daughter. That not only makes me smile, but beam with pride!

But I am smiling, I smile at the fact that we have come full circle, from that little girl that I yelled at (yes now I see the error in my ways) for cutting her own hair, to the young woman that cut my hair.

I am so proud of her for following her passion and not letting her own mother, who disciplined her for the very thing that she is so good at now, divert her from that which she is so obviously meant to do!

Now I could go on and on about how my kids have made me smile over the years, but today I’m smiling at the fact that my daughter is so incredibly good at doing hair!

Here is my new do, courtesy of my daughter 🙂


If you missed it, here is last week’s guest post of The Thing That Made Me Smile Today.

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  • Reply CrazyMoM

    LOVE it!.. this is a very cute and youthful cut.. looks soo cute… LOVE it… she did a great job

    April 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm
    • Reply Cass

      Thank you so much! So do I! She is so talented.

      April 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply LeeAnn

    I love it! It looks great on you! You should be proud of your daughter. 😀 I wish I could get away with a cut like that, but I don’t think I could.

    But wow, I felt sorry for your little girl while I read about when she cut her bangs off. Poor kid. They have so much fun experimenting, but at 5, they don’t really understand the ramifications of their experiments when they go bad. I’m sure her hair grew quickly, though, and hopefully you didn’t have to do your pony tail swoop thing for very long.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply Cass

      Thank you so much! I am very proud of her. I felt the exact same way for years, but now I absolutely love it and I would go shorter but my daughter won’t let me.

      I know she remembers exactly what happened that day too. I feel so bad for almost stopping her dream. Yea you are right, her hair grow back really fast, at least enough not to have to do the swoop! LOL

      April 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Penelope

    How awesome is that? She was always an artist in the making with hair (even if the first style was, um, well…lol)

    April 5, 2011 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Cass

    It is great. But she says I’m her most difficult client because I’m always having her do my hair…for FREE! LOL But yea I’m so glad she got better since five or it would have been wing city for me! LOL

    April 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Jane

    I think we should extract joy from everything what happens in our lifes no matter if it’s new luxury house or just smile of your friend or ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, enjoy your life no matter what.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:52 am
  • Reply blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    The irony that she’s a hairdresser is just too much! I’m so jealous that you have her skills available whenever you want. You look FANTASTIC!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply Cass

      Isn’t that just how the world works, it is the perfect irony. Thanks so much I love it too, and I really do get on her nerves asking her do my hair all the time.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Maria - My Chicago Mommy

    I love your new cut! I agree that it’s amazing to see what comes full circle in mother-daughter relationships!

    April 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply Cass

      Thank you so much! I love that I have a daughter, we have such a great relationship.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Debbie@app company ipad

    Hi Cassandra! I have come across your blog and want to thank you for being so sincere with your readers)
    Your new haircut looks really gorgeous, your daughter must have a talent of a hair stylist. It’s really great that she didn’t give up this activity after such an upleasant situation in her early childhood.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:04 am
    • Reply Cass

      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I am so very proud of her and happy that she is doing something that she loves. I absolutely love to write so there will be more to come….well for as long as 1stopmom lets me. 🙂

      April 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Over Thirty Mommy

    Love the new hair cut, great story about your daughter. You must be so proud.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply Cass

      Thank you so much, I do too! And yest I am proud!

      April 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Dee @ Cocktails with MOm

    Great story and I want that cut.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:08 am
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